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Ben Drew, better known as Plan B won 3 Ivor Novello Awards in England yesterday. I really love his album “The Defamation of Strickland Banks.” It’s got so many styles of music including soul, rap, pop, jazz and I think every song on it is great. Most of the world has caught on, but not surprisingly, the album is too genre defying for America. Plan B spoke about not making it big in America and he said this:
“I’m too white for the black radio stations and I’m too black for white radio stations so nobody knows where to place me. It just seems to be a lot of cock sucking that has to go on in order to get your music to get played to the masses and I’m just not prepared to suck cock really.” – Plan B
I really hope he enjoys success in the States. I’ve seen a lot of bands over the last few years that I think are really great and they can’t seem to make a splash here. It’s very sad considering some of the drivel that is chart topping, but the old adage rings true once again – the masses are asses.
In other Plan B news, his track “Hard Times” has been re-released featuring guest vocals from Elton John and Paloma Faith. The proceeds of the single will be donated to relief efforts in Japan and Pakistan.